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Schoolgirl Refuses To Answer ‘Offensive’ Homework Question

Schoolgirl Refuses To Answer ‘Offensive’ Homework Question

10-year-old Rhythm called out a problem-solving question in her maths homework about female students' weights.

Ciara Sheppard

Ciara Sheppard

Standing up for what you believe in is important, and one girl has proved you can exercise your opinion at any age.

Outspoken Rhythm Pacheco, 10, refused to answer a question on her homework paper, calling it out for being 'offensive' and 'rude'.

The fourth-grader at Grant Elementary School in Murray, Utah, had been completing her maths homework when she came across a problem-solving question regarding female students' weights.

It read: 'The table to the right shows the weight of three Grade 4 students. How much heavier is Isabel than the lightest student?'

Rhythm Pacheco refused to answer the 'offensive' question. (
Naomi Pacheco/NBC News)

Rhythm believed the question might be offensive to girls' who could feel insecure about their weight so wrote a note beside it for her teacher saying exactly how she felt.

Her mum, Naomi Pacheco, explained to TODAY Style: "Rhythm circled the question on the math worksheet and wrote 'WHAT!' She drew an arrow that pointed to the question and wrote, 'Sorry I won't write this, it's rude'".

Rhythm speaking on FOX13 News. (

Rhythm then decided to write her maths' teacher Mrs Shaw a proper note explaining why she couldn't answer the question.

"I don't want to be rude but I don't think that math problem was very nice because that's judging people's weight" read the note, with the young girl, adding: "I just don't think that's nice," and sweetly signing off "Love Rhythm".

The schoolgirl's clap-back has since gone viral with many praising her for standing up for what she believe in.

Rhythm said: "I was very nervous I would get in trouble for not writing out the question, but I still solved the problem. My teacher spoke to me about it and made me feel like she was on my side."

Rhythm decided to write her maths teacher a note to explain. (
Naomi Pacheco/NBC News)

Kindly, Rhythm's teacher responded with a note saying she didn't have to write out the answer, with her mum telling TODAY she "handled the situation with such care".

Eureka Math, the curriculum programme responsible for the question, said that they use both boys and girls names in their problem sets, but are taking the feedback seriously nonetheless.

The programme's creator, Chad Colby, said: "User feedback is a vital part of our culture. We are grateful to receive constructive feedback from students, teachers and parents alike. We apologise for any discomfort or offence caused by the question.

"Please know that we will replace this question in all future reprints, and suggest that teachers supply students with an appropriate replacement question in the interim."

Nice one, Rhythm!

Featured Image Credit: Naomi Pacheco/NBC News

Topics: School